TROY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL 2 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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HDG transformed this century-old schoolhouse into a larger capacity, modern, secure, and vibrant school in its community. Howe Elementary is part of Schenectady City School's District-wide renovation of 7 schools. Instead of a K-3 it would need to serve PK-5. HDG provided 4 KEY services: 1) Planning 2) New Addition 3) Interior Architecture & Design 4) Restoration of this Historic School
HDG worked closely with administration, teachers, custodians, parents and the community to capture its goals for the buildings increase usage. Listening and asking key questions. How will each space be used? What are the training methods of teachers and aids moving forward? What spaces are needed to facilitate this? Social space needs? Activity areas? OPEN DIALOGUE from all users shaped the early concepts wherein floor plans, designs, materials and color options were presented, this further facilitated clarifying discussions. This process laid the groundwork for its subsequent restoration plan, addition, and interior redesign.
The historic portion of the school received a complete interior redesign throughout. Suspended acoustical treatments in existing classrooms, new large ducted ventilation systems, vibrant colors and architectural details, new security features at entry points, administration areas were revamped for best flow and interaction with students, parents, and visitors. the cafetorium This unique space was being used as an auditorium, gym, and cafeteria. To maximize its use HDG proposed de-compartmentalizing the stage, lowering it level with the gym floor, this solution made this uni-purpose limited use area more utilitarian, resulting in an expanded cafeteria, fewer lunch periods, and a cohesive space. Flexible components such as movable cafe lines and flexible stage areas made the new floor plan ideal for this schools needs.